Joseph J. Westermeyer, M.D., Ph.D., M.P.H., has been named by the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) as the 2013 recipient of the R. Brinkley Smithers Distinguished Scientist Award. Dr. Westermeyer is being recognized for his continuing support of the ASAM, and his crucial role in guiding alcohol research in America.
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Physician and business leader Gregg N. Dyste, M.D., will begin work with at-risk students in an innovative mentoring initiative, Imagine the Possibilities. Dr. Dyste is a highly regarded Twin Cities neurosurgeon who focuses his practice on brain tumors, and conditions and trauma of the brain and spine.
Ellen L. Abeln, M.D., Medical School Class of 1984, has been inducted as a Fellow in the American College of Radiology (ACR). Dr. Abeln is the medical director of the Breast Center of Suburban Imaging in Coon Rapids, and a staff radiologist at Unity Hospital in Fridley and at Mercy Hospital in Coon Rapids. She is a member of the Society of Breast Imaging, the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society, and the American Roentgen Ray Society.
Family physician Christopher Wenner, M.D., is also his own nurse, receptionist, accountant, and janitor. And that’s how he likes it.
Three years ago, the 1999 Medical School alumnus got fed up with the constant hurry he faced in his job with a large practice group and decided to become a solo practitioner in Cold Spring, Minn., his hometown.
Elizabeth Seaquist, M.D., chose her career path as a young girl while reading the book series about nurse Sue Barton. "I knew when I read them," she says with a laugh, "that I wanted to be the doctor."
So when the Minneapolis Public Schools alumna didn't get top grades at Vassar College and was subsequently rejected by medical schools everywhere—two years in a row—she was mentally and emotionally preparing to move on.
Scott Augustine, M.D., has built a career out of being skeptical.
“I question most things,” says Augustine (Class of 1979). “Instead of trying to do what everybody’s always done, what’s a better way of doing this?”
All of that questioning has made Augustine, a self-described “philosophical heretic,” a successful inventor and entrepreneur. Now founder and CEO of Augustine Biomedical + Design, Augustine holds about 150 patents. There’s not enough room in the entry space of his Eden Prairie office building — vaulted ceilings and all — to display the full collection of patent plaques.